Mr. André Laperrière joined the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)
initiative as its first Executive Director, in September 2015. During his career, Mr. Laperrière
has led/managed numerous projects on behalf of large Private Corporations and
subsequently, within the United Nations and the World Bank. In this context he played a
senior role in the design and the implementation of major reforms within a number of
agencies such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), the World Health Organization
(WHO) and UNICEF. He has extensive work experience in the Americas, Caribbean, Africa,
Europe and the Middle East, in particular in developing countries and in conflict/post conflict
Before joining GODAN, Mr. Laperrière was Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Global
Environment Facility (GEF) in Washington DC. Among other positions, he has also been the
first Executive Director of the Trust Fund for Victims at the International Criminal Court (ICC),
Director of the Administration and Finance Division in the World Health Organization (WHO),
and Coordinator for reconstruction and rehabilitation activities under the responsibility of
UNICEF in Iraq.
Prior to his career in the UN, Mr. Laperrière was Director in the International Services of
Price Waterhouse. In this position, he led multiple large scale business evaluations,
privatizations, mergers and structural reform projects in Europe, Africa, the Americas and
Caribbean. Mr. Laperrière was born in Canada, where he completed postgraduate studies in
Administration and in Industrial Relations. Mr. Laperrière is an expert in international
Chiara is one of the co-founder of Future Food US, a non-profit organisation aiming to increase education, awareness and community around food. She has a MSc in International Management (ICN Business School, France), a MSc in International Relations (MGIMO University, Moscow), and a MSc in Food Innovation (UniMoRe, Italy). Based in California, she is now a Research Scholar at UC Davis, working to advance the burgeoning fields of Food Systems, Food, and Health Informatics. She is a selected member of Barilla Center Food Nutrition Foundation and Unleash, a global innovation lab organised by UN. She is also a Research Affiliate at Institute For The Future.
Conall Laverty (28) is the Founder & CEO of Wia, one of the world’s leading Internet of Things cloud platforms. Wia provides a simple way for people and things to talk to each other with just a few lines of code. The platform is now being used by developers in more than 85 countries and has attracted over €1m in venture capital funding with backers including Suir Valley Ventures, Enterprise Ireland and NDRC. He is a key figure in the Irish Internet of Things ecosystem.
Previously Conall was CTO of Big Motive, a creative technology company based in London and Belfast. There he architected and developed products for BBC, Net-a-Porter, Channel 4 and Nokia. He is also Technical Director of Woogie, an innovation consultancy who has worked with Cambridge Silicon Radio, Deezer and startups throughout Ireland. He attained a First Class Honourary Masters from Queen’s University Belfast in Computer Games Development.
Speaker engagements include Mobile World Congress, RIOT, Web Summit, TechConnect, ICONs Festival, French ConneXions.
Publications include TechCrunch, Yahoo Finance, Irish Times, Fora, Silicon Republic, Sunday Business Post, Business World
Dr. Conor McGinn is an Assistant Professor and co-founder of the Robotics And Innovation Lab (RAIL) in Trinity College Dublin. In 2015, Dr. McGinn was awarded a PhD in robotics, also from Trinity College Dublin. Dr. McGinn’s primary expertise is in the design and control of service robots. He holds several patents related to the design of robots, and has been shortlisted for several design awards, most notably winning a national award for Engineering innovation in 2013. Dr. McGinn is a senior member of the SUGAR Design network and holds membership of IEEE and IET organisations.
Damian O’Kelly is CEO and co-founder of Nutritics, a nutrition analysis software system developed for nutrition professionals, researchers and the food industry. Having completed an MSc in Sports Nutrition and BSc in Sport Science & Health, Damian has used countless nutrition software programs, and became frustrated that none could deliver what he needed to work with his clients and undertake research most effectively. Damian’s mission with Nutritics is to make evidence based nutrition accessible and practical to use, with the ultimate aim of empowering better food choices. Nutritics’ award winning software platform has been used by over 38,000 professionals spanning over 120 countries since its launch in 2013.
Georgina has been involved with intellectual property project management and licensing for over a decade; working for Enterprise Ireland, private companies, investors (both VC and Angel) and research institutes. She has significant experience structuring and negotiating licensing deals as well as managing business relationships to facilitate R&D programme execution and success.
Georgina has moved to Atlantic Bridge from Boston, where she worked as a Senior Licensing Manager for Partners Healthcare. At Partners, Georgina was responsible for managing and licensing technologies arising out of Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Psychiatric Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prior to joining Partners, she managed the lifescience portfolio at Dublin City University.
Georgina has a PhD in neurpharmacology from UCD and a Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from the Law Society of Ireland.
Jacqueline van Oosten
As program manager Jacqueline at FME wants to create awareness of the possibilities of responsible, (technological) innovation for a more sustainable an healthy food system. She believes in the strength of mutual inspiration. Bringing different people with additional knowledge and knowhow together contributes to this awareness and inspires people and business developing a better system.
FME is the Dutch Entrepreneurs Association for the technological Industry. One of the envisioned themes for the AgriFood Sector is Personalised Food. Many hospitals and care institutes invest in personalized meals: food as a medicine. With knowledge and data about food, health, lifestyle and environmental circumstances, a personal food advice will be possible. New technologies like wearables and new food production methods, might be the start for a new food system.
James first got involved in start up business and charity work while studying computer and electronic engineering in Trinity College Dublin. Since then, he has been building solutions to problems using technology. He joined FoodCloud in early 2016 as a software developer and is now merging his interest in business development, user experience and technology as product manager.
James also is passionate about carpentry, electronics and music; hobbies which can often lead to interesting inventions!
Kieran heads the Finistere Ventures E.U. office in Dublin, Ireland – his native country to which he recently returned following 20 years overseas in the USA, Germany, the UK and Argentina. He started his career as a chemical engineer with ICI and spent a decade in the international chemical industry before moving to the world of start-ups. Finistere is a specialist agtech venture capital firm and Kieran manages the Irish activities of their Ireland Agtech Fund – a partnership with the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund.
Dr. Sjaak Wolfert studied at Wageningen University and is currently Senior Scientist on Information Management & ICT in Agri-Food. Important study topics are the application of Internet of Things and Big Data with special attention to socio-economic aspects such as data sharing, business modelling and governance. He is scientific coordinator of (inter)national projects such as the Internet of Food and Farm 2020 and DATA-FAIR. He is affiliated with the Information Technology Group of Wageningen University and was president of the European Federation of ICT in Agriculture (EFITA). Sjaak is a visionary, challenged by complex problems that require a science-based approach.</p<
Dr Steven Lord is a researcher in European Food Futures and Food Systems Modelling at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. He developed the OLDFAR future scenarios method and software for the CGIAR Climate Change and Food Security Programme. He is interested in the use of technology for the tracking and synthesis of food processes in order to calculate and cost externalised impacts of the food system. He organised the First Oxford Meeting on Impact Valuation in the Food System in April 2017 with representatives from Nestle, PepsiCo, Danone, Arla, Unilever.
Tomas Norton is a tenure-track assistant professor in Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) in the group of M3-BIORES (Measure, Model, Manage Bio-responses) at the KU Leuven. He holds a PhD in Biosystems Engineering from University College Dublin (Ireland). He previously held academic positions at University College Dublin (Ireland), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland) and Harper Adams University (UK). He was a PhD research assistant at Teagasc Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority. His current research focus is on PLF applications, focussing on real-time modelling and control of animal bio-responses. Tomas started as daily coordinator of the EU-PLF project (2012-2016) and now coordinates 4 Ph.D. students and Masters students in PLF at M3-BIORES. He is PI and co-PI on collaborative National and International projects. He also coordinator of courses on Measuring, Modelling and Managing Bio-responses and Sustainable PLF, and Animal Production Engineering.